Foreign travel advice

Saudi Arabia

Warning FCDO advises against all travel to parts of Saudi Arabia.

Pilgrimage

Many British nationals travel to Saudi Arabia each year for Umrah or Hajj pilgrimage.

Entry requirements for pilgrimage  

You should also read the main section on entry requirements

Umrah 

You must apply online for an e-visa to perform Umrah. Select ‘Umrah’ in the dropdown menu when you’re asked the purpose of your visit, otherwise you will not be prioritised for Umrah. 

Hajj 

Booking for Hajj 2024 is not yet open. See the official Ministry of Hajj Twitter and the Nusuk Hajj platform for more information on Hajj 2024. 

Vaccination requirements  

You must have a valid certificate of vaccination against the ACWY strains of meningitis 10 days before arriving for Hajj and Umrah. See the TravelHealthPro Hajj and Umrah guide

Scams 

UK-based organised crime groups target people planning Hajj or Umrah trips. Criminals pick people of any age, gender or location for their scams. Many victims are over the age of 65.  

To avoid scams: 

  • be aware you can only book a Hajj place on the Nusuk Hajj platform 
  • check Saudi Ministry of Hajj information for the procedures you must follow 
  • make sure your travel agent or operator is ATOL protected when booking Umrah  
  • research the travel company before you book, even if family or friends recommended it 
  • be wary of offers too good to be true – criminals advertise fraudulent deals through licensed travel companies 

Paying for trips 

When paying for your Hajj or Umrah visit: 

  • use a credit card where possible 
  • have an audit trail and keep a record of any transactions 
  • get everything confirmed in writing 
  • always ask for written terms and conditions 

Reporting fraud  

If you have been a victim of Hajj fraud in the UK, contact: 

Further information and help  

To plan your visit and keep updated when travelling, see the: 

Consular assistance 

If you require consular assistance that is not related to your Nusuk travel package, contact: 

  • the British Consulate General in Jeddah on +9661 1481 9100 
  • the FCDO in the UK on +44 207 008 5000